subviral

[ suhb-vahy-ruh l ]
/ sʌbˈvaɪ rəl /

adjective Microbiology.

of or relating to any macromolecule smaller in size or possessing a lesser degree of organization than a comparable intact viral particle.
of or relating to a component or precursor particle of an intact infective virus.

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Origin of subviral

First recorded in 1960–65; sub- + viral
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British Dictionary definitions for subviral

subviral
/ (sʌbˈvaɪrəl) /

adjective

of, caused by, or denoting a part of the structure of a virus
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